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Coronavirus FAQs

These are the answers to questions about COVID-19 posed by you. We will keep you up to date with any new information and advice as we get it.

Latest advice

Shielding advice for people in England has changed

Government has announced it will ‘pause’ shielding restrictions as latest evidence shows Coronavirus in the community is in decline.

People with pulmonary fibrosis are now to follow guidance for ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’.

The guidance changes will be phased starting initially from 6th July.

In England & Northern Ireland: 

People with pulmonary fibrosis must follow strict social distancing and meticulous hand hygiene but will be able to:

-      Meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors (this includes parks, gardens or backyards)

-      No longer socially distance from members of your own household

-      Set up a ‘support bubble’ with one other household

In Wales: Shielding remains until August 16th. You will receive a letter explaining what to do after that date.

In Scotland: Shielding remains until at least July 31. Those shielding will continue to receive support including priority shopping slots, pharmacy deliveries or free food boxes.

Questions

If you suspect you have COVID-19

Should I wear a face mask?

What will change in England on the 6th July?

What will change in England on the 1st August?

Should I follow the new changes to shielding?

Registering for government support

What do I do if my local area goes in to lockdown?

How do I maintain social distancing?

How do I get a priority shopping slot?

Can I see my doctor?

Preventing others from infecting you

Protecting family or friends with pulmonary fibrosis

Can we visit friends/family?

What about my oxygen supply?

Getting food, medicines and essential supplies

We are still shielding. Will my kids have to go to school?

Should I return to work?

What happens if I am admitted to hospital?

What about medications and the coronavirus?

What can I do to help others?

This page was originally published on 18 March 2020, and was last updated on 15th July 2020. This advice is updated as new information becomes available.